Customers are once again beginning to receive their copy of "Listen to the Bands" from Amazon and other online retailers.
Customers of Amazon and Deep Discount in the United States started to receive emails last evening regarding a delay in shipping for the latest release from 7a Records, a Monkees tribute album entitled Listen to the Bands. Iain Lee, co-founder of 7a Records along with Glenn Gretlund, reached out to the Live Almanac to explain the reason for the delay:
"Amazon seems to have been taken by surprise by the popularity of Listen To The Bands. Apologies to anyone who is awaiting delivery. This is out of our hands. Amazon orders a number they think they can sell, and it's usually low. Well done, you fans! Our distributor has been speaking to Amazon and we really hope that they will be able to sort out this slight delay. In the meantime, if you have your copy and you like it, PLEASE consider leaving a review on Amazon. Every review and 5 star rating helps make our little releases more visible and could make the difference in casual shoppers buying it or not. Thanks for your support on this very special project. Glenn and I are very touched!"
Due to an earlier release date in the UK, customers there have already received their copies, and reviews via Facebook and other platforms have been very positive. If you can't wait for the CD, the album is available to download on iTunes! And on a personal note, the Live Almanac would like to say thanks to 7a Records for all of their hard work in bringing such unique releases to Monkees fans. Please be patient as this small issue is rectified, and remember that all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation.
Power pop group The Flashcubes formed in 1977 in Syracuse, New York, inspired by their combined love of British Invasion groups like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Hollies and The Who, and the burgeoning punk rock scene. The Flashcubes are guitarists Paul Armstrong and Arty Lenin, bassist Gary Frenay, and drummer Tommy Allen. During their initial run from 1977-1980, the group released two singles, "Christi Girl" and "Wait Til Next Week," on Northside Records.
The band was resurrected in the early 1990s, with an assist by none other than Rhino Records, when the label included "Christi Girl" on their D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78) compilation. More recording resulted in the group's first full length album, Bright Lights, and concert tours of the United States and Japan followed. Brilliant came in 2002, and earlier this year The Flashcubes issued their first vinyl 45 since 1979.
And now, The Flashcubes can be heard on Listen to the Bands, the Monkees tribute album from 7a Records! Their contribution, "She," written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, appeared on The Monkees' second LP, More Of The Monkees. The song was regularly featured on the group's television series, and it's been a live concert staple since The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in 1986. Producer, musician, and songwriter Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, and more) assisted The Flashcubes in the recording, providing background vocals.
Listen to the Bands is already available in the United Kingdom, and will arrive on June 2 in the United States. All proceeds benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers in a previous update, and follow the links below to order your copy!
Listen to the Bands, the next release from 7a Records, will feature songs from The Monkees' catalog as performed by a variety of bands and artists. Arriving on June 2 in the United States, and May 19 in the United Kingdom, all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers in a previous update, and follow the links below to pre-order your copy!
7a Records recently announced their next project, Listen to the Bands, a CD and digital release that features songs from The Monkees' catalog as performed by a variety of bands and artists. Coming soon, all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers below, which includes The Wayne Avers Group (Wayne has acted as The Monkees' touring guitarist and musical director since 1996), The Characters, and Deep End (who worked with beloved former Monkees producer Chip Douglas). Live Almanac contributors Joe Alterio and Scott Erickson will also be spotlighted. Congratulations to everyone!
1. Listen To The Band – The Unswept
2. She – The Flashcubes
3. (Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow – The Characters
4. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – Rich & Nico
5. The Girl I Knew Somewhere – Gary Owen
6. You And I – WORDS
7. If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again – Scott Parker
8. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round – Bradley James Skistimas
9. For Pete’s Sake – The Wayne Avers Group
10. Love To Love – Michael Lynch
11. Me & Magdalena - Lynsey Moon & The Somethings
12. Gotta Give It Time – Freddy And The Four Gone Conclusions
13. Porpoise Song – Lazy Flies
14. As We Go Along - John Montagna
15. The Door Into Summer - Deep End With Chip Douglas
16. Pleasant Valley Sunday - Glowbox
17. The Crippled Lion - The Roundups feat. Joe Alterio
18. Lady’s Baby – Scott Erickson
19. Through The Looking Glass - Joe Kane's Radiophonic Tuckshop & The Martial Art
20. Alternate Title - The Balcony Shirts Band
21. P.O. Box 9847 - The Sleestacks
22. Auntie’s Municipal Court - What Is Kind
23. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - Dan Carasco
24. The Day We Fall In Love - The Dredge/Hibbett Conunundrum
25. Listen To The Band - Nude Furniture
The latest stellar release from 7a Records is a very limited edition (500 copies) 7" yellow vinyl single featuring two live cuts by Davy Jones. The single includes Davy and his band performing "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free" during a tour of Japan in May 1981.
Be sure to purchase your copy today at Amazon (in the US or UK) or via Deep Discount! You can also hear audio samples of the tracks from a previous post here on the blog.
As always, thank you very much to Ben Belmares who shared the scans of his copy with the Live Almanac!
This compact disc and digital download doesn't have a release date scheduled yet, but all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for further updates!
Thanks to 7a Records for giving The Monkees Live Almanac an exclusive sneak peek at their next release, and their first Davy Jones-related product! "Daydream Believer" b/w "I Wanna Be Free" was recorded live in Japan during a concert performance by Davy in 1981. This 7" single will arrive on yellow vinyl and be limited to 500 copies. Details on how to order appear below. Thanks again to 7a!
Pre-orders in the United States are now being taken by Deep Discount and Amazon with a release date of March 3, 2017. The single will be available in the United Kingdom on February 24 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK.
UPDATE 1/30/2017: 7a Records has provided a sample of both sides of the single:
Glenn Gretlund and Ian Lee Talk About Working With Micky Dolenz On The MGM Singles Collection, New Music and More!
Earlier this month, a very limited edition (500 copies) 7" colored vinyl single featuring two live cuts by Micky Dolenz was released by 7a Records. The single includes Micky singing "Sunny Girlfriend" and "Zor & Zam" on his brief Japanese tour in 1982. A CD release of the entire concert is forthcoming.
A big thanks to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his copy with the Live Almanac!
In a recent email to its newsletter subscribers, 7a Records announced the following:
Get ready for a 7a email exclusive! The very limited edition (500 copies) 7" coloured vinyl single of Micky Dolenz Live In Japan 1982 that was given out for FREE at the 7a Records Launch is now available to pre-order worldwide!
This stunning single features Micky singing Sunny Girlfriend and Zor & Zam live on his brief Japanese tour in 1982, years before Monkeemania round 2 kicked in!
These two tracks come from a forthcoming CD release of the entire concert with bonus tracks, but once this single sells out, it will never be available in this format again!
US fans can order it from the following outlets:
UK fans will be able to get it from Amazon by using this link. It isn't available for pre-order there yet but will be soon. Keep checking it out!
Last night in London, 7a Records held a launch party for the upcoming CD release of Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection. A host of other goodies were available, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith performed via Skype, and Micky Dolenz welcomed those in attendance via a special video message. To top off everything, 7a's extended quest to release Keep Off My Grass, a long-lost film produced in the 1970s and starring Micky, has become a reality:
Directed by comedian Shelley Berman and starring former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Keep Off My Grass is a stoner comedy that had a limited run on it's initial release. In fact, it's fair to say that hardly anyone saw the movie when it first came out in the mid 70's and almost no one has seen it since. Never released on video or DVD, this is the first time this movie has been publically available.
Sourced from a VHS copy owned by the producers Albert J Salzer & Allan D. Yasnyi, this DVD is presented in this low-fi version as a matter of historical interest. Lovingly restored by film archivist Garrett Gilchrist, please don't expect HD quality! It is taken from a low quality VHS of a screening of the film, while everything has been done to make the image as sharp as possible, it is of a lot lower quality than we have come to expect. This really is for hardcore fans. Thank you for your understanding on this matter!
Monkees expert Iain Lee has spent years searching for this film and has included some great extras to make this a very special package for fans of Dolenz, kitsch and lost 70's classics.
After a couple of years of being semi-retired musically, Micky Dolenz toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. A new Dolenz single, "To Be Or Not To Be," was released in Japan during that time to coincide with his solo appearances. And now, all these years later, 7a Records is planning to issue a live CD and DVD from the tour! Keep checking back for more updates.
Last summer, 7a Records released the very first official collection of Micky Dolenz's early 1970s singles on vinyl and later as a digital download. And now here's an exclusive look at their next project - The MGM Collection on compact disc, along with a plethora of bonus tracks! Look for it this October, and you can pre-order via Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Thanks a lot to Iain Lee of 7a for passing along the press release to the Live Almanac.
A few notes on the bonus tracks:
In 1979, Chrysalis Records in the UK released "Love Light"/"Alicia" as a single there. According to The Monkees: A Manufactured Image, the first 1,000 copies were pressed with a picture sleeve. The B-side is a Dolenz original.
Micky toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. "To Be Or Not To Be" was released as a single in Japan to coincide with the tour, and was backed by Micky's own "Beverly Hills."
Earlier this year, two long lost Dolenz solo tracks, "Chance of a Lifetime" and "Livin' On Lies," were issued as a 7" vinyl single on Record Store Day exclusively in the UK. A limited edition release in the US quickly followed.
"Porpoise Song," "Good Morning Good Morning," "Crying in the Rain," and "Randy Scouse Git" were performed by Micky, Christian Nesmith, Circe Link, and company during a special 2015 online concert event. A limited edition vinyl EP arrived in July.